There was a time, not very long ago, when we lived in an enchanted world of elegant palaces and grand parties. The year was ninteen hundred and sixteen and my son Nicholas was the Czar of Imperial Russia. We were celebrating the 300th anniversary of our family's rule. And, that night, no star burned brighter than that of our sweet Anastasia, my youngest granddaughter. She begged me not to return to Paris, so I had a very special gift made for her, to make the seperation easier for both of us.
But we would never be together in Paris, for a dark shadow had descended upon the house of the Romanovs. His name was Rasputin. We thought he was a holy man, but he was a fraud, power-mad and dangerous.
So many lives were destroyed that night. What had always been was now gone for ever. And my Anastasia, my beloved grandchild, I never saw her again.
That's it, Dimitri. Game over. Our last kopeck gone to this flea-infested theatre and still no girl to pretend to be Anastasia.
We'll find her, Vlad. She's here somewhere, right under our noses. Don't forget, one look at this jewellery box and the Empress will think we've brought the real Anastasia.
Dimitri, do you really think I'm royalty?
You know I do.
Then stop bossing me around!
I think you broke my nose.
Men are such babies.
Well, nobody gets near the Dowager Empress without convincing Sophie first.
Oh no, not me... nope! No... nobody ever told me I had to prove I was the Grand Duchess!
Show up, yes. Look nice, fine. But lie?
You don't know it's a lie. What if it's true?
No, no. No, you don't know. I was the boy in the palace. The one who opened the wall. She's the real thing, Vlad.
That means our Anya has found her family. We have found the heir to the Russian throne. And you...
Will walk out of her life forever.
Princesses don't marry kitchen boys.
Where did you get this?
I know you've been hurt, but it's just possible she's been as lost and alone as you.
You'll stop at nothing, will you?
I'm probably about as stubborn as you are.
You're a very good actress. The best yet, in fact. But I've had enough.